Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (WildCATS pt 2)

For more on WildCATS as an overall review, click HERE. Spartan was pretty clearly the “Cyclops” of the WildC.A.T.s team when they first debuted- as most of the members could be traced either visually or character-wise to the X-Men, it made sense we’d have a “Cyclops”- a stoic, stable guy. Spartan even had the “hair-showing mask” with a very similar (though more flowing) haircut and … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (WildCATS pt 2)

Jab’s Image Deep Dive: WildCATS part 1!

WILDC.A.T.S:Among the more notable and famous, and hot-selling, of the early Image Comics line was Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.s (“Covert Action Teams”. Yeah). The book was pretty much entirely his brainchild, and co-written by Brandon Choi, and was very much a shining example of their style- an action-packed, cross-hatched, character-driven, plot-lite story full of Hot Babes, Guys With Claws, and rip-offs of his X-Men work! WildC.A.T.s #1 came out in Aug. 1992, … Continue reading Jab’s Image Deep Dive: WildCATS part 1!

Jab’s Image Deep Dive: Jim Lee

IMAGE CREATORS- JIM LEE Jim Lee is probably the most famous and prominent of the Image creators after possibly Todd McFarlane, and is more powerful in comics as a whole- it’s been an interesting ride, as he went from “That guy who replaced Marc Silvestri on the X-Men because he had a similar style” to “the Publisher of fuckin’ DC Comics”, but there you have it. Lee … Continue reading Jab’s Image Deep Dive: Jim Lee

Jab’s Image Comics Deep Dive – Brigade

BRIGADE:Inexplicably, despite releasing his old “Youngblood” concept with a book featuring TWO whole teams of characters, and having a knack for delivering art late, Rob Liefeld’s “Artist’s Disease” led him to create a seond book for Image Comics in 1992, entitled Brigade . And of course it was ANOTHER “Paramilitary-Style Superhero Team”, which was almost exactly what Youngblood was, making it extra-pointless. It was originally just WRITTEN … Continue reading Jab’s Image Comics Deep Dive – Brigade

Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (More Liefeld Characters!)

Jabroniville is back to his Image deep dive, and he is STILL on the Rob Liefeld train! I mean, the guy only created like ten different books for Image, so it makes sense. For more on this series, see Jab’s previous articles or go to the Image tag in the menu on the right! Let’s get back to Liefeld! Okay, RIPTIDE? Riptide actually works! Maybe … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (More Liefeld Characters!)

Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (Youngblood, Cont’D)

Shaft is the most obvious link of Youngblood to their original “Teen Titans” origins- he is largely a repurposed version of Roy “Speedy” Harper, who was meant to be the leader of that squad. Instead he was shifted into a Self-Insert of sorts for Rob. He’s the Team Leader of Youngblood, and appears in most incarnations of the book- he is a formerly fat guy … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (Youngblood, Cont’D)

Jab’s Deep Dive: Image (Youngblood)

-There is no more “Early Image” book more infamous and controversial than Youngblood. Rob Liefeld was “King Shit” in 1992, so him leaving X-Force (a book he more or less invented, taking the scraps from the New Mutants and plopping his own character designs onto it) was a huge, huge deal- he was not as big as Jim Lee or Todd McFarlane, but he was likely the third-most prominent Image … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image (Youngblood)

Jab’s Deep Dives: Image Comics (Rob Liefeld)

Rob Liefeld has nothing to offer. It’s as plain as bacon on your plate. He has nothing to offer. He cannot draw. He can’t write. He is a young boy almost, I would expect, whose culture is bubble gum wrappers, Saturday morning cartoons, Marvel Comics; that’s his culture… I see nothing in his work that allows me to even guess that there’s any depth involved … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dives: Image Comics (Rob Liefeld)

Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (part 3)

IMAGE CREATORS- TODD McFARLANE:-Todd McFarlane remains the most famous and possibly most successful of the Image creators, though isn’t the most notorious. Born in Calgary, Alberta, and washing out of baseball, he got his start in comics with DC’s Infinity, Inc., where I remember Roy Thomas declaring in an editorial, “Todd McFarlane- remember that name”. His style was more typical of the era, lacking many of … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (part 3)

Stew’s Reviews: Fear Agent

Stew’s Reviews Volume 2, Issue #2 – Fear Agent Real talk: After a successful first week here at the S.R., I wanted to review another book starring Jubilee—and I could; I certainly have others!—but I reluctantly fought off the urge. You have to space things out when you are discussing one of the greatest X-Men thats ever lived; otherwise there is just nowhere to go … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: Fear Agent

Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (part 2)

For more, check out part 1 HERE! SPAWN: Big in the ’90s- Spawn, Spawn, Spawn!:-The biggest solo star in Image Comics history, and a near-superstar in his own right, was Spawn- Todd McFarlane’s contribution to Image. Spawn kind of got a “test-run” in Marvel when Todd wrote a  Spider-Man issue featuring a scary-looking, brooding Morbius living in the sewers of New York City, being served by an … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics (part 2)

Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics – Part 1 (of A LOT)

Hey all! Here’s a series of things I was writing for another site about Image Comics and its history. Anyone with more familiarity, or any recollections of that period, feel free to chime in as well! I wrote little things about each team and many of the solo characters, particularly of the 1990s period. IMAGE COMICS: -Image Comics: where justifiable anger against your bosses, “Meet … Continue reading Jab’s Deep Dive: Image Comics – Part 1 (of A LOT)

Stew’s Reviews: 1963

First of all, I’ve really got to start Wikipedia-ing some of these entries before I choose them, apparently. I started reading Alan Moore’s 1963 series not knowing that… it doesn’t end. It’s a six-issue mini-series, and while yes, I have all 6 issues, the mini-series builds to a resolution that would be told in a giant-size crossover special called Double Image. Now here’s where this … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: 1963

Stew’s Reviews: The Viltrumite War

Welcome back to Stew’s Reviews! I’m your host Rob “Yes Rob, Not Rod” Stewart. When last we met, I was reviewing one of my absolute favorite comic book stories of all time, Kingdom Come. Hopefully you’ve read and enjoyed KC as much as I always have, and you haven’t read it… rectify that quickly! Jeez, what do I have to do, hold your hand? This … Continue reading Stew’s Reviews: The Viltrumite War